The sexual relationship between two men; one of significantly older age, and one younger (many cases, they’re still what is considered “boys”). (Halperin)

  • biggest historical example would be the common pederasty in ancient Greece, where the sexual system was much different
    • in that, pederasty is incredibly important to note, as it was a good example of how an older sexual system worked, in terms of power and dominance, as compared to how it is now
      • one one hand, it shows that sexual systems are not static, and change over time, region by region
      • on the other hand, residual effects are still prevalent in society today, in both homosexual relationships (think NAMBLA) and heterosexual relationships (Lolita, every single fetishization of young girls ever)

romantic friendship

A very intimate, but “platonic”, friendship between (generally) two individuals; aspects of this relationship range from emotional intimacy, to physical intimacy (sometimes including sexual contact). (Rupp)



Harlem Renaissance

Cultural, social, and artistic period between WWI and the mid-1930’s; prominent in the rise of Black artists, writers, poets, musicians, scholars- also an important factor in early-contemporary Queer culture (especially Black Queer culture). (Garber, “Spectacle In Color”)

  • really, really important to note, as literary and artistic movements are rarely ever based on anything culturally outside of the threshold of White, or Euro-centric
    • let along anything non-White and queerharlem-renaissance-important_7d6c43067a02287b

trans misogyny

“the way cissexism and misogyny intersect in the lives of trans women and others on the trans female/feminine spectrum” (Serrano, 45)

By definition, trans* women are women, and still experience the short end of the social sexist stick, along with the oppression they face as trans individuals.1557622_10102023420725450_1097947095_n


“where masculine gender expression is viewed as more legitimate than feminine gender expression” (Serrano, 44)

Femininity, as a whole, is generally seen as inferior. At a basal state, it is the underlying factor that drives sexism, homophobia,  and transphobia (as all emphasize the feminine), along with hypermasculinity.